An eccentric criminologist, a legendary composer, a Russian dancer, and an upcoming political leader. A series of murders. Just one clue – a melody left at the scene of the crime.
There was not a lot in terms of uniqueness. The story was linear in terms of progression. The story focus, though, was fascinating. Typical crime novels focus on the process of solving the crime. This story was more related to how these murders impacted the lives of those involved.
A key challenge with having a linear story is keeping the story unpredictable and engaging. The author has ensured this by accomodating the character’s quirks. When your characters are quirky, they don’t always behave logically and are often irrational, creating unpredictability. By adding this irrationality, the author has also made them relatable.
The author has used alternating perspectives giving viewpoints of multiple characters. Interestingly, she did not show the view of the criminologist much. Through his wife’s eyes, she revealed his part of the story, a detective working on the case with him. The book was initially written in Greek and then translated into English. Due to this, a lot has been lost in translation, making the language difficult to read at some points. The translation also introduced a few grammatical errors, which need attention.
The Kindle edition is priced at Rs 72 and very affordable, in my opinion. The paperback cost is a little steep, though.
The book is a light and entertaining read. There are moments of ups and downs in the experience. The reading pace broke a few times due to the errors in the translation, but that is not a deal-breaker for me. The best part about the book is the insane character development. Almost all the characters at the end of the story have had a learning experience. They’ve all grown and moved forward with their lives. Especially the way the composer evolves.
With an interesting take on the characters' lives instead of the whole murderous plot and the strong character development, the author has created an exciting story. While the translation errors do dampen the experience a bit, they do not make you want to DNF the book. I would love to read more books from the author.
- You like to read thrillers.